Veteran to Veteran Companion Volunteer


Cause Areas

When

It's flexible! We'll work with your schedule.

Where

York, Adams, and Cumberland CountiesYork, Gettysburg, Camp Hill areas, PA 17408

About

Veteran-to-Veteran Companion Volunteers - As part of our We Honor Vets Program, AseraCare Hospice seeks caring, compassionate individuals who would be willing to spend an hour a week visiting our terminally ill patients and their families many of them Military Veterans. Volunteers spend sacred time together with patients and families simply by accompanying them during their final journey. Companions offer patients healing by practicing a calming presence, deep compassion, and generous listening. Volunteers play an important role in providing social support and decreasing isolation that can so often occur for the terminally ill. Veterans have the ability to relate to other Veterans due to similar military experiences. That can be comforting to our military veteran patients and their families

Volunteers are provided free training, a training certificate, and can work flexible hours that suit their individual schedules. Volunteer training blends ancient wisdom with contemporary practices.

Skills:

  • Interpersonal Skills: Volunteers need to be able to fit into any mode: engage in conversations from the superficial to the spiritually profound, depending on the day. Also need to be comfortable with silence.

Requirements:

  • Be able to provide own transportation.

  • Complete approximately 6-8 hours of on-line training, and afterwards attend 8-hours orientation OR complete the Volunteer Training (offered on a quarterly basis) at the York office.

  • Complete background check (free)

  • Drug Test (free)

  • Tuberculosis tests (free)

  • We request a nine month commitment, at the least, to our volunteer program.

*Out of respect for the grieving process, if you are a surviving family member, we encourage you to wait a minimum of 13 months following the patient's death to serve as a direct care volunteer or in public relations activities.

Skills

  • Veteran Care
  • Hospice Care
  • People Skills
  • Relationship Building

Good Match For

People 55+

Requirements & Commitment

  • Driver's License Needed
  • Background Check
  • Must be at least 18
  • Orientation or Training
  • 2-8 hours per month (dependent on patient needs)

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